I have just returned from hearing Bret & Kate Ryan the CEO of Focus in The Family, (our speakers for the week) share their experiences, insight and wisdom for raising a family and being true to your spouse. They left us with 4 points of difference, which they guarantee if implemented will enhance and grow relationships within the family unit.
- ‘Everyone leaves the house at some point of the day, make sure the person does not leave without a kiss goodbye, a high-five or a hug, and the words I love you.’
- ‘During the day, make sure you call your spouse, it can be a minute or ten-minute conversation, but what it relates to your spouse sub consciously, is that you were thinking of them.’
- ‘When a person returns to the Home (make it a haven) by switching off the TV, stop what you are doing, give them a hug/kiss just to show that you are glad that they are home. If the opportunity arises talk about the day, if not, by stopping and giving them the moment shows that you value them.’
- ‘Make sure that when it is time to sleep that you have settled any arguments or have taken the sting out of quarrels.
Another concept that they mentioned was that a piece of string is fine on its own but when it is entwined with two others, it is the maximum strength of the string as all edges are touching. They encouraged parents to realize that they are one piece of the string, their spouse is the other and that God is the third. The three entwined will strengthen anybody’s marriage.
It was great to watch our mum and dad campers actively participate in this quality and quantitative Christian teaching. Oh and the kids are having a great time also!!
Till next time.